Monday, July 31, 2017

Graphic 45 French Country 4x4 Utility Box


Hello my crafting friends,

August is upon us and it’s time for the next exciting challenge at Eclectic Ellapu.  This month is a fan fav…wait for it…you guessed it…ANYTHING GOES!!!   It’s far too hot to be outside so grab the kids and head to your crafting sanctuary.  Let’s rocks some awesome projects to share an inspire others.   For my design team project, my inspiration came from a simple personal need.  I needed a pencil/pen container for my desk.   Now of course, I could just go right out and purchase one but why do that when I have everything I need to make one right here!   I started with a craft coloured DCWV Explosion Box that I got from Michaels awhile back.  I tore out the inside papers (it come with 1 layer), so that it was just the base of the box with the attached 4 sides.  I attached some binding strips I made out of craft paper to hold the box sides together and created the 4x4 box.  And yes, you know how I love building things from parts; I could have made the explosion box from scratch as well but why should I work that hard when I don’t have too (save that energy for another project).  I put the box lid away; I will use it for another project some other time.  Some ideas for the lid: a decorated little trinket/embellishment holder when you are working on a project and want to keep all those little items together and out of the way.  If you glue some thin silicone rubber on the sides and inside bottom you can have your very own hand-made hot glue gun holder, and if you are careful with paper placement and embellishments you could probably squeeze the bottom of the box down into the lid as its holder.  Let me warn you, it will be a tight squeeze and I say once it’s in there, it stays, that’s how tight the squeeze will be.  Sorry got a little off target, continuing on with my project info… I inked all the edges with Distress Ink Vintage Photo.  I used some left over scraps from my favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite paper Graphic 45’s French Country (can you tell it’s my favorite paper).  I used the paper for the inside and outside of the box.  I place a piece of acetate on the inside bottom of the box to eliminate the ink pen and pencil stains. I finished off the box corners by hot gluing some Chinese Braid to the edges.   Since this will be a heavy use utility box for me, I felt that minimal decorations for the outside of box would be best.  I just wanted something simple and cute to sit on my desk at work for my writing utensils.  I’ve seen some boxes that are really gorgeous with lace, metal embellishments, flowers, ribbons, the bottom feet doohickies (not sure what they are really called but they lift your box up so it’s not sitting directly on the surface).     Below I have shown the box as a decorated small table or mantel piece box.  You can use this little box for many things… a loose change, bill or stash money holder, etc.    Again, I plan to use mine for pens, pencils and highlighters on my desk at work.   Well, that is it for now, see you over at Eclectic Ellapu for the August “Anything Goes” challenge!!!


 

Joyce
 
 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Here is a card front I did a few months ago using Heartfelt Creations' Cross and Lilies Pre-Cut Set HCPC #3450.  I coloured the image using Copic Markers and ProMarkers.   I was binge watching Jennifer McGuire Ink one night and saw her make an adorable card using some dies by Mama Elephant.    One die she used  is called Femme Frames-Creative Cuts. I used the Femme Frames to make this card.  I love the stitched look around the edges.  I also used some fun foam to pop the card face up for more dimension.  I’m sending this to my sister who is a minister.  I scanned the photo in the computer, shrunk it down and made some miniature cards similar to the one I’m sending my sister so she can send them out to her church members as needed.  I have included the video for Jennifer McGuire’s video (warning: you will be binge watching all night…lol).  Many thanks to Jennifer for her inspirational projects and crafting ideas.


 
Inside sentiment by Stamp Simply called "He Has Risen"

below is Jennifer's YouTube video, enjoy!
 
 
Joyce
 
 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Kaiser Craft ATC Mini and Video


Hello everyone,
I had some time so I thought I would post a project I did some time ago and forgot to put on the blog.  This is a 4 ¼ x 3 ¼ “ mini album.  I used the tutorial done by Alexandra M, which can be found on YouTube.   I made a few adjustments, so that my mini is a little bigger than hers according to her measurements.  I also did a little tutorial after my show and tell on a couple things in the mini with Alexandra’s permission.  The majority of the paper I used is now out of print, it is called 75Cents, the manufacture is Kaiser Craft.  On the spine I used some faux suede paper from JoAnn’s (black) and a metal Fleur-de-Lys charm embellishment on the spine, some flat back gold pearls in each of the corners, I cut out a doily from one of my favorite doily dies, cut it in half used some of the paper for the center and a closure for Hobby Lobby.  This is a perfect little mini for wallet sized photos, inspirational quotes, Bible verses, or what I call God moments that you want to remember.  I plan to use my mini for inspirational quotes and Bible verses.
Many, many thanks to Alexandra. Here is the link to Alexandra M's YouTube video ATC Mini .   Also, I have inserted the show and tell YouTube video I made.  Hopefully you will be inspired to give it a try.
 
 
 
 

 
 
Joyce
 
 
 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Summer Time with Graphic 45



Hello everyone,
Well, summer is here in Texas! The kids are out of school, its hurricane season, and it's hot as...you know what!  It's also time
for another strutt-ya-stuff challenge at Eclectic Ellapu.  This month's theme is "SUMMER" yes it is!!  For my challenge inspiration project I am going to continue with my inspired calendar series from Eclectic Paperie.  I used the July month to model my calendar page.  I'm in Texas and during this time it's all baseball and the Texas Rangers and American Independence (July 4th).  I changed up a few things on my calendar page to incorporate baseball and the 4th. Nothing says summer like our heat, the beach, baseball, and firework on the 4th.  I am loving the calendar pages.  It also helps that I'm doing 8x8 calendar pages.  I can get through a page in about a hour (now that is fast for me).   I also decided to use the empty mini calendars and eventually I will have tiny little numbers that I can use over and over.   Here are few pictures for you to enjoy.   Til' next time...





Supplies used for this project:
Graphic 45 Place In Time-July 8 x 8 and 12 x 12 calendar pages
Graphic 45 Place In Time 12 x 12 Foundations page (used for all the base pages)
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Martha Stewart Doily punch
Black Card stock-Michaels (Recollections)
Cricut cartridge-Old West (1"cut)
American Craft- cream coloured thin jute (dyed with Copic E19)


Joyce









Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Blast from the Past!

Alright Party People! 
 It’s the June challenge at Eclectic Ellapu.  This months’s theme: A touch of pink and or purple.   For this theme I decided to finally brake open my Graphic 45 8x8” desk calendar.  I am planning to do a page a month.  Since its May and my birth month, I am starting with this month and how fitting the primary colour is “purple”.  I am following the layouts done by AnnetteGreen from Eclectic Paperie.   Annette did the calendar in 2012.  I love how she brings the paper to life with her layouts.



Supplies: Graphic 45’s A Place in Time 12 x 12 July Foundation #4500603. I found a pack of the 12 x 12 July Foundation pages at Tuesday Morning some time ago.  I used the B side of the Foundation pages as my base pages.  I followed Annette’s cutting instructions for making a 7 ¾ x 7 ¾ base page.   I used the 12 x 12 May cut apart page and the 12 x 12 mini calendars page,  Martha Stewart corner punch and butter fly punch, some coloured twine, decorative edge scissors, and Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Vintage Photo.
Joyce

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day part II


Now, this little project I had to develop from scratch, only because what I saw wasn’t quite what I had in mind.  I wanted something that was specific to the gift to be given.  I didn’t have a whole lot of time so, I had to reel my mind in a little bit. I didn’t even have enough time to research YouTube!   This is where being familiar with the concept of making a box from scratch came in handy!!!  Once you get the basics of how to construct and decorate a box, you are good-to-go on most any box.  You can find all kinds of tutorials on YouTube, that’s where I got my PhD in Crafting; YouTube University…lol
Here are some pictures of what I came up with… A little box to hold a Blu-ray/DVD





Supplies for this project are:  My template, JoAnn’s Vanilla Cardstock, patterned paper -Graphic 45’s Ladies’ Diary (Delicate Details both A & B sides and Lasting Impressions A side), Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Vintage Photo, Stampin Up Very Vanilla satin ribbon, a Martha Steward Doily punch, and some fun foam to pop up the title. 

Well thanks for stopping by and I hope this Mother’s Day was a great one for you!

 
Joyce


 

Happy Mother's Day!


Happy Mother’s Day

Today I am sharing a couple of Mother’s Day projects I did. These were actually pretty simple and quick. 
I made a 4x4” gift card holder with a matching envelope.  For this project I used some Recollections white cardstock, the patterned paper is a 6x6 paper pack from MME’s (2011) Lost & Found Collection called Market Street.  I used a Spellbinders die called Splendid Circles (S4-354), some Stampin Up Real Red Card Stock, a Stampin Up 1 ¾” circle punch, Altenew layering stamp set: Vintage Roses,  Altenew Crisp Inks , Red Sunset Cube Set , Tropical Forest Cube Set ,  pop-dots, and ¼” vanilla ribbon from JoAnns.   I used some scraps from the above mentioned  patterned paper pack and the We R Memory Keepers punch board to make the matching envelope.   I added a pocket in the inside for either a gift card or cash.   I didn’t follow any tutorial, I just improvised as I went along until I came up with the final project.
 


 
 
 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Happy Administrative Professionals Week!


Hello Everyone!

It’s time for the May challenge over at EclecticEllapu.  This month’s theme is a big fan favorite…Anything Goes!!!    For my design team inspiration card I decided to do something related to Administrative Professional’s Week.  I used a digital stamp I got from Pinterest.  I resized it and printed it out on my laser printer on some 80# Neenah.  I used Copics to colour the picture, a gold Gelly Roll pen, and some Wink of Stella Clear to give it some shimmer.  I kept it really simple but I think it turned out really cute!  
 
 
 
 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Vintage Rose Just A Note...

Hey everyone,
Running a little behind on this one.  I got a promotion recently, so my days, night, time, and whatever else you can think of are all running together.  But anyway, let me just jump right in to my DT card for the April challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu.  Both teams have been combined.  The theme for April is "Shabby Chic" or  "Vintage"!!  One of my favorites.  Today, I did a super quick note card over at my stampin' BFF Lesia's house (Mema's Crafts) .  I have been watching Jennifer McGuire on You Tube and wanted to try out the Altenew products.  I used their layered stamp set called "Vintage Rose", along with their awesome crisp ink cubes.  The patterned  paper is MME "Howdy Doody" (6x6 pad).  I used some plain white cardstock from JoAnn's and cream ribbon from my stampin' BFF Lesia's stash.   I love the way it turned out.  I hope to see you in the challenge, I am really looking forward to the vintage and shabby chic projects and inspiration!


Joyce


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

So Lucky to be Your Friend


Hello again,
Not sure if I told you but I was chosen to be a guest designer for the Words 2 Craft By design teamers for my December/January entry-Winter Wonderland tag.  What an honor to be chosen as a guest designer for the Words 2 Craft By March/April challenge. Thank again ladies!  The challenge words for March/April are: “A good friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have. ─ Irish proverb.”  For my guest designer project I did a cute little card using a Sherri Baldy image and paraphrased the words.   I hope to see you in the challenge; I’m looking forward to all the creative St. Patrick’s Day cards and projects! 

 
 
 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Water Coloured Spring


Hey you guys,
This will be a super quick  post today.  Can you believe it, it’s almost spring?!  I just want to pop in and tell you about the March theme for Eclectic Ellapu.  The theme is one of my favorites...Spring Colours or Easter.   Here is my design team inspiration card.  I decided to do a water coloured thank you card.  The inside is blank and I made a plain white envelope to match.  I can't wait to see how you all are inspired by either the colours of Spring and or the blessings of Easter.
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

With Love...

Hello everyone,
      We are back for the start of the new year with our first challenge of 2017 at Eclectic Ellapu.  Our February challenge theme is "Anything Goes".  This is a great way to start off your challenge year.  It's a jump start for those creative juices to start flowing!!  Remember our challenges are for bragging rights, so come strut-your-stuff and join us! 
      For my DT inspiration I choose to do a "Loaded Envelope with a Wand.  This is the latest crafting craze on You Tube.  I just learned about it a week or so ago and thought I would give it a try.  There are several tutorials on You Tube on how to construct the envelopes and the expandable envelopes.  There are small loaded envelopes and large envelopes and all kinds of decorating ideas.  And, if you are like me and love numbers, once you get the concept you can apply it to make your envelope as large as you want.  Additionally, it seems most of the envelopes have a "Wand".  I have to say, I wasn't that thrilled about the Wand thingy but once I was done with the envelope; it looked like it was missing something???  After I put a little Wand in the envelope package, it really made a difference.   Like the envelope there are many, many Wand ideas and tutorials on You Tube.  The easiest tutorial I found for the Loaded Envelope was by Laura from The Vintage Key. Laura does a tutorial for the large expandable envelope.  Tmika from Scrapdaworld does a great tutorial on the Mini Loaded Envelope (the tutorial is at the end of the show-n-tell).   Here is a wand tutorial from Erica at Scrapdiva29 and if you want to make heart rosettes (sooooo cute!) you can look at Sheshe's tutorial .  Oh yes and there are many tutorial on just the envelope (without the expandable part and pockets), I could not find a good one; I'll leave that one up to you.   Til' next time, here are a few pictures of my February project.


Here are a few pics of the demo hearts and then I made one for the Loaded Envelope Topper, cute ey??


I took this picture before I made the Heart Rosette. I loaded this baby up with Prima products, bling, ribbon, mini clothes pins, charms, blank cards...yummy stuff.

I used Spellbinders border dies to make the pocket edges and mats, the poker-dot card is a little greeting card (blank)

I made a wand and tried to make it sparkle by using some Jelly Roll Gel Pen

This is the back of the envelope I put in 3 blank card with envelopes, the recipient can use or give away.

Joyce






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